* Posts by Trygve Henriksen

611 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

Trygve Henriksen

Re: 'Ye cannae break the laws of physics!'

No, the Big Bang did NOT break the laws of physics.

The laws we know of now were very, very different during the BB, and they changed as the Universe formed and began expanding.

If something doesn't match the laws of Physics as we know them, there's either a failure to observe, or our interpretation of those laws is flawed.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Fire Safety Training

According to a firefighter that came around to Our Office, most extinguishers were only used to draw a line from where it was stored to where the fire started.

From a investigative viewpoint it's Nice to know where the fire started or was first observed, but for firefighting it was kind of useless.

(Lots of People grab the extinguisher, pull the safety and squeeze the trigger BEFORE moving towards the fire. )

He also told us that we might as well replace any powder-based ones with foam. Sure, they're less effective, but they doesn't damage everything the fire doesn't destroy, either.

As for only using it to secure a way out. Yeah. 'A building can be rebuilt,' is the usual answer. They'll also admit to not particularly enjoying searching for unconscious people or finding dead ones afterwards.

Get out and do a headcount, and the firefighters will love you.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

Trygve Henriksen

You actually use paper tickets still?

Even here in Norway we can buy railway tickets on the mobile, and show them to the conductor.

(Though, I wouldn't be surprised if one of those tried to punch a hole in my phone... )

Frankly, if I worked as a teller on a trainstation, I'd be a lot more interested in doing great service, because most of the job can be replaced with an app...

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

Trygve Henriksen

Where can you buy a softcover version of 'workplace acidents and how to Enginerr them'?

I need to have a well-read copy laying prominently on my desk...

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Keep old drives

One of every drive?

Sure, that will work if it's old Tandberg SLR drives, but what if it's DAT or 8mm video tapes?

(Yes, both of those have been used for backup purposes. DAT tends to stretch the tape in such a way that a tape will only ever be reliably read on the original drive, and 8mm... the less said... )

DLT and SDLT...

There are some that thinks the S stands for 'super'... Yeah...

I have half a dozen of those stashed away. One with a tape still stuck in it.

Odds are that none of them works any more.

I have Zip drives(still more reliable than DLT... ), Jaz, Clik! (or whatever it was named. )...

I could use a Bernoully drive, though.

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

Trygve Henriksen

We retired one 4Si after 750.000, without any service at all.

Not because it didn't work, but because we no longer needed it.

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Trygve Henriksen

If they were LJ II & III then the reason the wheels were worn down is that those printers were slow, and the users impatient, and they tended to DRAG the last of the sheet out of the printer.

Trust me, I KNOW this.

Nothing else could kill these beasts.

(That goes for the Canons and others also based around the same engine. Actually, a Canon engine)

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: Angry client rolled over the Ethernet patch cable with his office chair

That's what Hot-melt glue and duct tape is for...

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

Trygve Henriksen

I expect a proper(inline) UPS would stop it.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Feeling Old...

I used to manually edit Config.sys and Autoexec bat to push free RAM to more than 600KB so that AutoCAD would run...

On DOS5.0 with MS LAN MAN and NETBEUI loaded.

Then we added Wollogong Pathway TCP/IP(took 40KB)

On DOS 6.0 it got easier, and I often got it to 639KB.

The CADders worshipped me.

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

Trygve Henriksen

Re: He wasn't afraid of the dark

No afterlife for computers?

But...

Then, where does all the calculators go?

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Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

Trygve Henriksen

Nuclear powered cruise missile from the south?

How will that get past Trump's Great Wall?

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Engines

I did a partial rebuild of the 1.4i (Citroën TU3JP4) in my car(new headgasket, two new cylinder sleeves, piston rings, big-end bearings, and even reseated the valves.) a while ago. Then replaced the rear axle assembly and recently swapped out the old clutch(full kit).

I there's an instruction book around I can probably fix it.

I think... I still haven't fixed the old PFAFF sewing machine I rescued at the dump.

(It just needs a thorough clean and adjusting. I have found a service manual, but then there's the time... )

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: 4" drives exist.

But only a few drives were ever sold back then, and even if the user in question actually DID use it, there's no way to make a more recent computer accept that drive.

That said, if anyone happens to have one laying about... I wouldn't mind getting my clammy hands on it.

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Trygve Henriksen

4" floppies?

I have a number of 8", 5.25", 3.5", 3", and even a few Canon 2" VFs..

But I have never ever seen a 4" disk.

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Reminds me of a story

But the old HP Agilent Logic analyzers have a 'Don't Care' button...

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

Trygve Henriksen

I notice that he claims expertise in GPS and that it simply cannot be more accurate than 50meters...

A 50 meter accuracy is so piss poor that it would be unusable for anything on a drone. With the clear acrea in his picture I'd expect better than 10meter, closing on 3.

He was flying it manually, in P-GPS mode, which means he should have had visual control of the drone.

How could he not see the tree he claimed his drone smashed into?

I think he got what he deserves; nothing!

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

Trygve Henriksen

Not all small drones are noisy...

The Black Hornet is pretty quiet.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hornet_Nano

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Trygve Henriksen

I have an airgun with Co2 cartridgee and 12 round magazine...

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Trygve Henriksen

I'm pretty certain that people who run that kind of operation can afford drones with directional antennas.

Every spy shop is aware of 'sidechannel' attacks and will have at least some defenses against them.

That was pretty much explained to them when they learned that you could pick up transmissions from an unshielded monitor and cable.

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Trygve Henriksen

Ah, but if it's far away and maneuvering for a shot, the picture will shift and cause large changes to the image. Or there may be a car passing through its field of view.

you need to be really certain that the change in the data stream is caused by your event. That means running the event multiple times.

And in a counter-espionage scenario that is bad because it increases the chance that the observer catches on to what is happening.

Me?

I bought a CO2-powered airgun with 12 round magazine.

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Trygve Henriksen

Except...

Drones such as the DJI Mavic transmits constantly, even when not recording.

All you're proving is that you're in the drone's Field of View, not that they're actively recording.

And since the Mavic has a pretty decent camera(4K video) it could actually be quite a distance away, setting up for a overview shot of the neighbours house before they put it up for sale because they want to get away from their paranoid neighbour.

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Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

Trygve Henriksen

So, this is all based on the hope that a nefarious neverdowell won't start the fight with /24 address announcements, in the hope that the routers won't accept /25 addresses?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Trygve Henriksen

Re: NASA

NASA;

Nearly

Antiquated

Sturdy

Apparatus

This is rocketscience; we need to be precise.

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UAV maker swipes at sponsor of opaque Qinetiq drone study

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Bah.

.50 cal?

Letting civil aviation pilots play with the big boys toys?

"Was that a Cessna you say? Looked like a drone to me..."

Maybe they'll be allowed .177 BBs...

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

Trygve Henriksen

Re: From my .sig collection

You know, some blade server chassis can hold tape drives in a slot. How difficult do you think it is to build a repeating crossbow out of one?

Now, aiming... that's the challenge...

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Trygve Henriksen

You designed the computer room wrong.

The doors need to be 2" wider than any unit to be placed inside(usually the racks) and no more. The room needs to be long and narrow, and the racks facing towards one of the long walls, so that there's decent working area in front and behind, but no more. Workdesks and storage is to be at the end furthest away from the doors.

You need a raised floor, and a step up just inside the door. And a ramp that is cumbersome to assemble and put in place, and must be removed again to close the door.

That will make it a PITA to store large objects in there...

Mark off any corner or other floorspace with yellow and black tape, and write 'for recycling'...

Then track down and... 'no one ever heard from them ever again' anyone who has access without a good cause.

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US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Just send them Windows ME

I'm pretty certain that's against the Fourth Geneva convention, which is all about protecting civilians in a warzone.

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

Trygve Henriksen

Electrically adjusted desks...

I have one of those at the office. It's a pretty big one, too...

I use the adjustments in the summer only.

In the evening I raise it to the top, then slip under it to reach the handle on the window so I can close it. (Desk is too wide to reach by leaning over it without risking to topple over. and the monitors are also in the way)

Then in the morning the next day I slip under again, open the window, get back up and lower the desk for a another day of work in a hot office...

Adjusting the desk for health reasons?

Then I'd need to start messing with the settings of my chair, and THAT ain't happening!

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Trygve Henriksen

re: In an ideal world, Pokemon Go would not be a problem

I agree with big John;

Imagine that part of a park is rented for a private gathering such as a wedding...

Then someone in an AR game company plops down a 'Legendary Pokemon' with 'Perfect' fighting stats there...

Even if none of the Zmombies drop a single candywrapper while on their way to their goal, they'll most likely ruin someone's very expensive day.

Many places that are 'open to the public' can be rented for events. In fact, many of them need that extra income to pay for the upkeep. If events gets disturbed by AR gamers, it will 'get known' and less events will be held at those ventures.

There definitely needs to be permits.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Trygve Henriksen

v5?

I guess it's time to update my eCS 1.1 install...

Or a clean install since I can reinstall X-wing without too much trouble.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Trygve Henriksen

Get your mum some cookies

And some good tea. She's definitely deserved it.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Trygve Henriksen

Re: HP 200lx

You should have sprung for the 700 as that one had a cradle for the Nokia 2110 on the lid.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

Trygve Henriksen

Re: It's the keyboard.

I found that on the S5/S5mx you needed to keep the PDa on a table or other stable surface to get up to speed, but on the S3/S3a/S3c/S3mx, you held it in both hands and typed with your thumbs, without the need for something to rest it on. And you could type nearly as fast on that.

The S5 keyboard had a certain Wow factor, though. Made it look 'Professional', really.

And the keyboard on the netBook... Still miles ahead of some of todays laptops.

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: It could even run DOS :)

Don't ask how many hours I spent sitting in front of assorted networking tech, in cramped closets, with my S3a, the soap-on-a-rope, a null-modem adaptor and whatever special serial cable UB, Cisco, Compaq or whoever delivered with their kit...

The terminal app was a godsend. And pretty easy to script for.

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Trygve Henriksen
Coat

I actually prefer my S3a over my S5... Over double the runtime, silly low quiescent power drain(1ma/hour). It just works.

Then again, I also like to bring out my MC400 for long writing sessions, too.

(I need to finish building the Li-ion battery pack for that one. The Ni-cad pack only lasts 20hours)

Jacket... because, guess which one is in my pocket?

Siena, S3a, S3c, Workabout, Revo, S5, Oregon Scientific, or the Geofox One?

OK, not the Geofox. It's a bit too large. It stays near my netBook.

All right, trick question. Of course it's my Organiser II LZ64.

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

Trygve Henriksen

That sounds like the beginning of a 'do you want to switch to us and pay more' talk...

In which case the subscription isn't through them in the first place, and if they do report the SIM and IMEI as stolen, they'll have a bit of explaining to do.

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Only real use for this one....

Those machines have dust covers and seals everywhere to protect them from dust. I really hope that the $300 PC you set up beside it is similarly protected...

The $15 adapter will fit where the old 3.5" drive sat, so is protected from dust.

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Trygve Henriksen

Only real use for this one....

Instead of a $15 version from eBay(I have one of those already) is to 'network' old CnC machines and robots that has a 3.5" drive but a dedicated controller that's not 'smart' enough to handle a network.

That is, if it's easy to make and transfer a 'floppy image' to this drive over ethernet.

But the fact that it seems you have to order it with a fixed IP... sucks if you later reconfigure the network...

Network box that doesn't support DHCP = Fail.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

Trygve Henriksen

Re: "black A4 photocopy paper"

There's a couple of 'print your own PCB' kits that uses silver in the ink.

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Trygve Henriksen

Just wondering...

Who did the old blunt 'object, carpetroll and shallow grave' on the old bofh website?

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Trygve Henriksen

The only thing that needs to be enabled with IoT is the stapler. You can never ever find it when you need it...

Well, maybe the 'off' button on any video projectors in the building, so that we can run a remote shutdown on them when a scheduled meeting ends. with the cost of new lamps, that system should pay for itself pretty quickly...

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Guerrilla Printers

I would have done a bit of service on it... Just a little nick with a scalpel here and there. One little cut, another new and annoying stripe on the prints every day...

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Or.. get one of these

Or the one actually named 'PiDrive'(how does WD get away with nicking the name?)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2073955313/pidrive-low-power-msata-ssd-for-the-raspberry-pi

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

Trygve Henriksen

Re: (Ahem)

Dark chocolate?

'Not wanting more chocolate' is classed as a serious side effect...

I think they sell 80% at a local store...

(I'll be stocking up, just in case)

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Trygve Henriksen

The best cough syrup I've used is something pharmacies make and sell here in Norway.

'Bergensk Brystbalsam' (Bergen Chest balm, or something like that when translated)

Licorice, honey, Star anise oil, camphor, some sort of alcohol to keep it all dissolved and distilled water.

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

Trygve Henriksen

Actually, according to the wiki, Narativium is the basic buildingblock of 'reality'.

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The Disc's nature is fundamentally teleological; its basic composition is determined by what it is ultimately meant to be. This primary element, out of which all others spring, is known as narrativium, the elemental substance of Story. Nothing on the Disc can exist without a Story first existing to mold its destiny and determine its form.

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So, it's probably pretty abundant and all that.

Octarine is the light of Magic, and can only be observed by wizards(and cats, of course), much like 117 can only be observed(indirectly) by todays scientists with powerful tools.(and also, probably by cats... )

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

Trygve Henriksen

Re: X-Clacks-Overhead anyone?

Seeing as all 3 posts have 3 downvotes, I can assume that there are 3 extremely illiterate dickheads visiting these forums.

Not that I can understand what they're doing here.

I really despise those who downvote without revealing why.

Why can't they at least post anonymously and tell me what they didn't agree with?

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: X-Clacks-Overhead anyone?

I wonder what kind of dickhead gave you a downvote.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Sacks Are For Groceries

You should have varied the error message a bit...

Out of Resouces, reboot server.

(If this one is used, let a script enable the tools again, after an hour or so, but only for the next 66.6 minutes)

Badly formatted request.

Name not found (This one is good if you can filter it to tools working on usernames)

System unavailable because of planned downtime, see recent email.

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